Mock Draft Series: Part 1 The Top Ten

By PFC Draft Writer Philip Arnold(@PhilipArnold20)

Part One of the Mock Draft Series by Philip Arnold. Today I look into the first 10 picks of this year’s draft and each teams selections.  Stay locked to PFC for continued mock drafts in this series.  Also be sure to check out the scouting reports linked to the players names by PFC Draft writers.

1. Kansas City Chiefs- Luke Joeckel OT

With the first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft the Kansas City Chiefs select Luke Joeckel.  It’s something every football player dreams about when they begin playing, and Joeckel gets to live that dream.  There have been rumors the chiefs are interested in Geno Smith.  It won’t happen; the Chiefs just traded for Alex Smith and they won’t waste their pick on another QB.   After releasing Eric Winston and franchise tagging Branden Albert the Chiefs won’t be passing up on Joeckel.  Joeckel can play both left and right tackle for the Chiefs if a Branden Albert trade does occur.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars- Dion Jordan OLB/DE

Last year the Jacksonville Jaguars ranked dead last in the pass rush with 20 sacks.  What can Dion Jordan bring the Jaguars? Athleticism in the pass rush and would be a huge aid in improving those numbers.  New coach Gus Bradley will be looking to build a team with speed and Jordan fits that mold.  Jordan can also help the Jaguars in pass coverage, giving up 239 yards per game.

3. Oakland Raiders- Sharrif Floyd DT

Floyd’s draft stock has flown up draft boards over the past month.  After Star Lotulelei couldn’t perform at the combine, Floyd’s stock has blown up and he is considered the best DT in the draft.  This pick here is a no brainer after the off-season moves of the Raiders.   They gave up the 5th most PPG this past season and have huge holes on their defensive line.  Yesterday the Raiders released Tommy Kelly and have already lost Desmond Bryant to the Browns, and cut ties with Richard Seymour.

4. Philadelphia Eagles- Geno Smith QB

This pick could either be the Eagles or the Bills trading up.  Chip Kelly will need a capable quarterback to run his wide open offense.  Smith ran it at West Virginia and after a strong Pro Day, he solidified himself as a top 5 pick.  The Eagles are still worried about the durability of Mike Vick, and Chip Kelly will demand a QB he wants to run his offense in his first year of the NFL.  The quarterback-less Buffalo Bills may be forced to pull the trigger and move up to four if they feel Geno Smith is their guy.

5. Detriot Lions- Eric Fisher OT

Fisher, who could easily be swapped with #1 overall pick Luke Joeckel, fills a huge need for the Detroit Lions. The Lions lost starting Left Tackle Jeff Backus, 176 straight starts, to retirement. Games are won at the line of scrimmage and the Lions will want to quickly replace Backus, and aid QB Mathew Stafford and newly signed RB Reggie Bush.  Fisher, along with last year’s first round pick Riley Reiff, gives the Lions anchors on the offensive line for years to come.

6. Cleveland Browns- Dee Milliner CB

Milliner to the Browns is starting to add up more and more every day for me.  They clearly want to build into a top defense with the signings of Kruger, Bryant, and Groves during Free Agency.   Opposite of Joe Haden the Browns really don’t have a starting CB on their roster without Sheldon Brown. Buster Skrine had a lot of “busted” coverage last year and the Browns options are limited right now.  Milliner and Joe Haden would make a good Cornerback tandem of prior SEC standouts.   The Browns took Haden in 2010 at pick 7 and will likely do so with Milliner at 6.

7. Arizona Cardinals- Ezekiel Ansah OLB/DE

The Cardinals will take the best available player at this spot and that happens to be Ansah.  The Cardinals face 2 read option QB’s in the division and Ansah will be a big asset there.  He also is talented in the pass rush, something the Cardinals need to improve after losing Quinton Groves.  The Cardinals have solidified their defensive backfield with Yeremiah Bell and Antoine Cason signings this off-season, and adding Ansah will make their defense one of the better in the NFL.

8. Buffalo Bills- Matt Barkley QB

The Buffalo Bills don’t have a quarterback right now.  If the Bills went with a wide receiver at this spot, who would throw him the Ball? The remaining Quarterback free agents have been picked over and there aren’t any true starters available.  The Bills must address this need when they have the chance. Though Barkley didn’t have the success or year that everyone thought, he was a guy that would have been the #1 overall pick last year and is still a good QB. He is an NFL ready quarterback with great mechanics and makes good throws underneath.

9. New York Jets- Barkevious Mingo OLB/DE

The Jets only recorded 30 sacks this past year which was the 6th worst in the league.  Clearly the Jets lack a top notch pass rusher. Adding Barkevious Mingo will help improve that.  He is a guy right now that will strictly be used to rush the pass and that’s what the Jets need to have in their 3-4 defense.  I felt the Jets could have easily gone offense here as well but I think the Jets defense should be their main concern in the AFC East.

10. Tennessee Titans- Chance Warmack G

The Titans added veteran Andy Levitre this off-season and will continue to upgrade their line through the draft.  Pairing Warmack with Levitre will open up some big holes for Chris Johnson to run through.  Warmack is one of the best overall prospects in this draft and I feel he would be a great fit for the Titans at 10.